Monday, February 07, 2011

February General Meeting

Orange County Chapter RWA will meet FEBRUARY 12, 2011 at the Brea Community Center, at 695 E. Madison Way, on the corner of Randolph Ave. and Madison Way. (Driving directions.)

NEW Meeting Schedule for 2011

9:00-9:50 am:  Doors Open

Ask-an-Author—Kate Carlisle & Maureen Child Do you have a question that a published author can answer? Then plan to come to the meeting a little bit early. Each month one or two published authors host an informal round table discussion group and you are welcome to sit in.

Critique of the MonthSusan Squires
Free for OCC Members Attending the Meeting--Monthly Critique Drawings! Print out your FIRST chapter and bring it to the monthly meeting! Then add your name to the list of critique hopefuls, located at the membership table.

10:00 a.m. Meeting begins; Announcements
10:25 a.m. P.A.W. (Classroom B)
10:30 a.m. Morning Workshop: “The Great Agent Search—It Doesn’t Have to be Intimidating” by Laura Drake

Laura’s been writing Romance and Women’s Fiction for over ten years. She’s currently
editing her third novel, which finaled in the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Contest.
She’s the self-entitled “Submission Queen,” having received over 250 rejections to date.
But who’s counting?

OCC’s past treasurer, she’s been a PRO member for four years. Laura’s a corporate CFO
during the day--a wife, grandmother, writer, and biker chick in the remaining waking

11:30 a.m. Lunch Break : To order a delicious box lunch from the Corner Bakery in Brea, click here.
12:00 p.m. Booksignings: Robyn Carr and  Maureen Child
12:15 p.m. Meeting resumes; Chapter Business, etc.
12:45 p.m. Afternoon Speaker: “I Came, I Saw, I Wrote…I Wrote…I Wrote…” by Robyn Carr

After more than twenty years penning screenplays, historical romances and even a
psychological thriller, New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr found her genre –
some would say her calling – writing a particular kind of women’s fiction.

“I was always meant to write about women,” Robyn says, “women who were tougher
than the women of their time, smarter and more courageous--characters who would
never trade places with anyone.”

That’s the impetus behind her Virgin River series for MIRA Books. Including her 2011
trilogy, there are thirteen Virgin River stories, all set in northern California's redwood
forests in a small rustic town (pop. 600). The town owes its origins to men of honor who
have fought for their country and move to Virgin River. There they fall in love with
equally strong and independent women. The Virgin River books are inspiration for those
who, like Robyn, believe in the power of healthy, positive relationships.

1:45 p.m. Meeting concludes.

Next month’s meeting will be an all-day workshop with Anne Waldradt on Saturday, March 12, 2010.